Do Plastic Sheds Need a Base?

When setting up a plastic shed in your garden, you might find yourself wondering if a base is necessary. After all, plastic sheds are lightweight and seemingly sturdy on their own. But neglecting to provide a proper foundation can lead to a multitude of problems down the line.

Most garden buildings need a strong base for stability, plastic sheds included. Without it, various issues can arise, and you wouldn’t want us to start with those. Instead, let’s focus on the importance and address some common questions, shall we?

The Importance of Solid Plastic Shed Base

BillyOh WoodBridge II Plus 10x8ft Apex Plastic Shed with Foundation Kit
BillyOh WoodBridge II Plus 10x8ft Apex Plastic Shed with Foundation Kit

The base provides a stable and level surface for the garden shed to sit. It helps distribute the structure’s weight evenly and reduces the risk of sinking or tilting. It also prevents moisture issues by allowing airflow under, preventing water from pooling. In essence, it keeps the shed standing strong and moisture-free for years to come.

What happens without it?

The shed’s structure can deteriorate faster without support. This can lead to potential damage or collapse, especially in strong winds or heavy rain. Moisture can also seep underneath, which can encourage mould in shed. If the structure isn’t on an uneven surface, it won’ be easy to open doors and windows properly. This, in turn, can impact the overall usability of the space.

When Is a Plastic Shed Base Necessary?

Jasmine 8x5ft Plastic Pent Shed with Floor
Jasmine 8x5ft Plastic Pent Shed with Floor

This involves several key considerations. To start, assess the stability of the ground where you intend to place the shed. If the ground is uneven or soft, a base is a must for a solid base.

Next, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for the shed. They often provide guidelines regarding the necessity of a base for proper installation. Following these guidelines ensures optimal performance and longevity of your plastic storage shed.

You may also consider the prevailing weather conditions in your region. If you experience strong winds, heavy rainfall or snowfall, a solid base becomes crucial. Its presence reduces the risk of damage or displacement during adverse weather events.

Lastly, think about your long-term plans for the shed. If you intend to keep it for an extended period, investing in a base is worthwhile. It helps prevent structural issues and moisture damage, thus ensuring continued functionality.

When Is a Base Not Needed?

A base may not be needed for a plastic shed if the kit includes a foundation. Some shed kits come with their own foundation or base. In this case, extra groundwork may not be needed, as it already serves the purpose of stabilising the shed.

You may not need to install a separate base if the ground is stable, flat, and well-drained. The same goes if the manufacturer’s instructions state that a plastic shed base isn’t required. Manufacturers design their sheds to be installed on certain surfaces without bases.

A base may not be essential for temporary or short-term use, such as seasonal storage. The shed can be temporarily placed on the ground without compromising its stability.

What Do You Put Under?

The most suitable types of plastic shed bases include:

Plastic grid systems

These are durable plastic panels or grids that interlock to create a stable surface for the shed. They’re designed to be laid directly on the ground and filled with gravel or soil. The grids support the shed while allowing water drainage and airflow underneath. This helps prevent moisture buildup and keeps the shed’s base dry.

Plastic pavers

Plastic pavers are solid blocks or tiles made of plastic that can be laid out to create a sturdy base for the shed. They’re easy to install and provide a level surface for the shed to sit on. Plus, they’re resistant to weather damage and won’t rot or decay over time, making them a durable option.

Recycled plastic bases

These bases are made from recycled materials, which is environmentally friendly. They’re durable, rot-resistant, and provide a stable surface for the shed. Recycled plastic bases can withstand various weather conditions without deteriorating.

A fitting example is the Ecobase Fastfit Foundation Base. It features innovative self-fastening connectors for easy assembly and is reusable. Designed to be filled with gravel for a French drain effect.

Foundation kits

Shed manufacturers specifically design these kits. They fit the dimensions of the unit perfectly for proper support and stability. They also include plastic panels or grids placed on the ground and assembled to create a stable base.

It’s clear that plastic sheds do indeed require a base for optimal performance and longevity. Neglecting it may lead to instability, moisture issues, and potential damage. By investing time and effort, you can ensure the durability of your investment! Unless, of course, the ground is already stable.

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